Haverhill Police have been cracking down on drug dealing in the town following a stabbing in July.
The drug related stabbing triggered police actions that saw them clamp down on both drug offences and rising incidents of robberies and burglaries that police are linking to drug use.
A warrant executed at Trefoil Court in July resulted in Wayne Pearce, 33, being charged with possession with intent to supply both Class A and Class B drugs.
He has been bailed to appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on October 8.
Last Saturday (September 21) at 11.45pm a 19 year old man was beaten in the play area of the recreation ground with a baseball bat by an unknown number of attackers.
As he was punched an kicked to the floor he suffered a swollen left eye, a bruised face and had teeth knocked out. Anyone with information can call Pc Stuart Cirket on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
While most crime has fallen in Haverhill this year (from April 1 compared to a three year average), domestic burglaries have risen from 25 to 37, robberies have risen from five to eight and drug crimes have shot up from 30 to 50.
However, there have been no domestic burglaries since August 26.
“There are certainly drug problems in Haverhill – most people don’t realise but if you scratch the surface you will se it,” said Inspector Peter Ferrie.
“We have been more pro active since the stabbing and from being quite high profile I’d like to think it’s now back underground again.”
Speaking at Tuesday’s (September 24) town council meeting at the arts centre, Insp Ferrie said: “I won’t pretend we have beaten the drugs problem in Haverhill as we are still working on it and cracking down on the drug dealers.
“We appeal for information from the public as that’s nearly always how we catch these people.
“A lot of the focus for police in Haverhill is drugs as it’s drugs that drive robberies and home burglaries because they need the cash to get the next fix.”
Haverhill mayor Roger André said: “A lot of complaints I have from people are that the police don’t do anything about drugs misuse so I’m pleased to see you’re doing this.”
For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, September 26) Echo.